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The 2012/13 Ski Season Thread

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Pass holder only day at Stowe will have 2.5 T2B routes down (11 trails/segments) the mountain with 2100ft of verts and 4 miles of trails.

Snowmakers killed it this week.

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Really? That's got to be early for them...

When I was in high school I remember skiing there in early Nov...they are usually the earliest open spot in the Albany market.

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Ahhh I've missed watching the lights of the groomers move around the mountain at night. Loving the view from town as the bright lights from the three groomers on the hill follow each other up and down the trails. Living in a ski town there is something comforting about seeing those lights up there on the mountain at night, knowing they are preparing the hill for a fun day tomorrow.

Winter is back and ski season is here! Wooo Hoooo!

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Ahhh I've missed watching the lights of the groomers move around the mountain at night. Loving the view from town as the bright lights from the three groomers on the hill follow each other up and down the trails. Living in a ski town there is something comforting about seeing those lights up there on the mountain at night, knowing they are preparing the hill for a fun day tomorrow.

Winter is back and ski season is here! Wooo Hoooo!

omg, this totally made me smile! i can feel your excitement!

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Awesome day on the slopes...first two chairs of the season going up. We didn't get any snow from this last storm that hit SNE and ENE...but the 6-12" of dense upslope snow from last weekend is hanging tough. Always nice to have the trails all white and not riding up over brown to the summit.

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Kind of a joke photo... one of the best skiers on the mountain doing the photo pose, lol.

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Man I love spinning laps on over 2,100 vertical feet and then only a 7 minute lift ride back to the top. Legs are killing me this evening.

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250 guns is freakin' nuts... that's gotta be the industry leader right there. I wonder what Killington's been able to do the past couple days.

Last night when temps dropped to near 20F, Stowe got up near 190... 160 tower guns and 27 fan guns.

6,000+ gallons of water per minute being converted into snow (that's some hearty QPF right there, lol).

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Good dose of natural snow, too... with 10" of upslope over 4 days from Sandy's remnants.

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Sundown runs 130 guns at once...their snowmaking capacity (gallons/min) is kept a secret though. Go look at Sundown's size and you tell me what you think those 130 guns do lol

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Looks gorgeous, Scott. Many folks there?

Yeah the parking lot was packed by 10am... however it never felt all that crowded on the hill. Pass holders are generally locals who show up one per car, but there was still an impressive number of people. The entire Burton Company seemed to be there (we are their home mountain) among other groups and the mood was pretty awesome. I mean November 10th (pretty sure that was the earliest Stowe's ever spun a lift) with 2.5 routes down the mountain (4 miles and 2,000+ verts)? It was a good deal of skiing for so early.

Plus the pass holders were stoked on the amount of snow the new snowmaking system can make...the rest of the season should be fun.

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Wachusett bought a bunch of new guns this year. Not sure of the brand etc. They claim better coverage, wider temp range, increased efficiency

Just delivered a couple of weeks ago

Picking up my boards from the shop some time this week

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Sundown runs 130 guns at once...their snowmaking capacity (gallons/min) is kept a secret though. Go look at Sundown's size and you tell me what you think those 130 guns do lol

Why keep that info a secret?

The one thing they got going for them is they don't have to pump water over miles and miles and up over 2000 vertical feet. People don't realize just how much money and energy is spent just getting water to the guns on a hill...try pumping water from sea level to SkiMRG's building site at over 2kft, lol...fighting gravity the whole way.

I can't imagine a place like Whiteface in the 'Dacks with like 3,500 feet of vertical...making snow at the summit requires an amazing amount of energy to constantly be moving water that far up in elevation; especially steep terrain like that. It's like pumping water straight up to H85 level haha.

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Why keep that info a secret?

The one thing they got going for them is they don't have to pump water over miles and miles and up over 2000 vertical feet. People don't realize just how much money and energy is spent just getting water to the guns on a hill...try pumping water from sea level to SkiMRG's building site at over 2kft, lol...fighting gravity the whole way.

I can't imagine a place like Whiteface in the 'Dacks with like 3,500 feet of vertical...making snow at the summit requires an amazing amount of energy to constantly be moving water that far up in elevation; especially steep terrain like that. It's like pumping water straight up to H85 level haha.

I have no idea, but they do have the highest snowmaking capacity/acre in the world I believe. And yeah, I forgot the pressure loss/vertical foot but it's something ridiculous IIRC. What are you guys putting out for PSI at the bottom like 1000? lol

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well, just gotta get through tomorrow and we will back to good snowmaking temps for all of New England...maybe WaWa really can open the Fri after Thanksgiving this year?

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Killington was great this past weekend. Sunday was all about spring bumps and sunshine. The Bunny Buster run out to the bottom is getting thin. Hoping for a return to snowmaking for Tuesday night. After day 4 for me on Sunday I'm really starting to feel back to midwinter form. Now we just need the cold and snow to kick into high gear.

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just checked the WaWa webcams...ouch...all the snow they blew is gone...SNE is not like NNE when comes to getting the snowguns fired up early...oh well, getting through today they will be able to fire the guns back up...and Winter Fire will go as planned...looking at the low temps for the next week, if they make snow every night they will be able to open on the 23rd...

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just checked the WaWa webcams...ouch...all the snow they blew is gone...SNE is not like NNE when comes to getting the snowguns fired up early...oh well, getting through today they will be able to fire the guns back up...and Winter Fire will go as planned...looking at the low temps for the next week, if they make snow every night they will be able to open on the 23rd...

Yeah, I look at the daily. I think they just do it as just a gimmick unless it really looks like it will be cold. But hopefully the weather stays seasonable/below for a while.

Nov 23 is probably about as early as they can open (always shoot for Black Friday, which is early this year)

Plus, they only got an inch or so last week

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3-4" new snow on the upper mountain last night....standard operating procedure for Mansfield is to get more snow than forecast. I thought maybe a dusting to an inch, not 4" at the top.

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when will NH be making snow, those slackers?

anyone know when wildcat may decide to open this year, i don't even think they are making snow during this blessed period

my aunt /uncle have a place slopeside at attitash and of course i'm welcome whenever lol, but the good thing is attitash actually partners with a mountain that actually has a legit base elevation and good annual snowfall (wildcat, base 2000' summit 4k) compared w/ attitash's modest 800ft base 2600? or so foot summit

from attitash's website

"The plan for the snowmaking is now in place. All we have to do is wait on the weather for consistenly cold temps and we'll be cranking out the snow. Stay tuned for more updates as the ski season is quickly approaching!"

IT IS? well temps are consistently cold , so crank em up , or shut ur mouths

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Looks like at least 5 days or so of good snowmaking weather at night in NNE. Good news.

Hopefully the torch prior to Turkey Day is a bit muted.

I just booked a trip to Killington Wednesday 12/26 through Saturday 12/30. Can't wait.

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bretton woods and waterville valley are both opening this friday and saturday respectfully ! hats off to those making snow in nh this week. way to have the guts to fire the guns!

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If jiminy peak opens again this weekend I'll be there, they have some pretty ideal snowmaking conditions at night (temps in the low to mid 20's with low DP's) but the days are pretty warm so I'll keep my fingers crossed :)

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most of the NH ski resorts are shooting for a pre december opening...should be possible with this next stretch of weather coming up being dominated by high pressure...plenty of snowmaking at night!

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Elevationwise, can the NH mountains make snow as much/often as VT?

there's actually a pretty strong inversion now, which should benefit the low elevation resorts. It was 32 on top of mount Washington and in the teens in many lower elevation city's at 6 this morning.

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